Manaslu Annapurna Trek

Manaslu Annapurna Trek

Trip Facts

Starting Price:
$2950.00PP
Travelers Rating:
Destination:
Manaslu Region, Nepal
Trip Grade:
Moderate
Max Elevation:
5,416M
Total Duration:
25 days
Best Time:
March to May and Sep to Dec
Group Size:
Minimum 2 pax
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A tremendous opportunity to trek along the Manaslu and Annapurna region together along with the exploration of Tilicho Lake, Manaslu Annapurna Trek with Tilicho Lake is an exciting expedition by Bharal Adventure to explore not only these two regions but also the areas of Jomsom.

An exhilarating and thrilling quest, this trek is a terrific opportunity for adventure lovers to fill their holidays with audacious trek, exploration of ethnic culture, tradition and religion, pastoral and village settlements, views of mesmerizing mountain peaks, tranquil lakes, thundering rivers and stream, strenuous passes and lush and dense forests. Manaslu Annapurna Trek offers the swashbuckling wilderness adventure opportunities. The crossing of the Thorang La Pass and the daunting Larke La Pass presents the amazing experience of the mountain life. The villages of the Manaslu region offers the chance to know about the Tibetan, Aryan and Mongolian tribes of Nepal. The more you trek higher the more differences in culture and traditions can be observed. The journey starts from the temperate forests zone and reaches the alpine forests zone then towards the barren land and finally to the subtropical temperate forest environment. This result in the diversified holiday in Nepal opportunity.

Trekking around Manaslu provides a unique prospect of experiencing a reasonably untouched region of Nepal while Annapurna region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. It is not only the combination of these two but also the chance to visit Tilicho Lake within this trek which adds up to the thrill and excitement. This 25 days electrifying expedition begins with sightseeing in Kathmandu, followed by a drive to Sotikhola from where the trek commences.

Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. offers the amazing journey full of touristic attractions less explored by the tourists. This trail can also be termed as the off the beaten trekking trail of Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2,328 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs
  • Day 04: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola [900m/2,952 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 05: Maccha Khola to Jagat [1,410m/ 4,625 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 06: Jagat to Deng [1,804m/5,917 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 07: Deng to Namrung [2,630m/8,626 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 08: Namrung to Samagaon [3,530m/11,578 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 09: Acclimatization at Samagaon: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo [3,860m/12,660 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo
  • Day 12: Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4,460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 13: Dharamsala to Larkya-La [5,160m/16, 924 ft] to Bimthang [3,720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs
  • Day 14: Bimthang to Tilije [2,300m/7,544 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 15: Tilije to Chame [2,710m/8,891 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 16: Chame-Pisang [3,700m/12,139 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 17: Pisang to Manang [3,500m/11,482 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 18: Manang to Siri Kharka [4,060m/13,320 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 19: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp [4,140m/13,583 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 20: Visit to Tilicho Lake [4,949m/16,138 ft] then back to Siri Kharka: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 21: Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka [4,040m/13,020 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 22: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi [4,420m/14,501 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
  • Day 23: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath [8 – 9 hrs]: Drive to Jomsom [2,743m/8,999 ft]: 1 hr
  • Day 24: Jomsom – Pokhara: 30 min
  • Day 25: Pokhara – Kathmandu
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
A representative from Bharal Adventure will greet and accompany the guest from the airport to their hotel. The guests are briefly explained about the program they will be participating on.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
One of our guides will accompany the guests for their sightseeing excursion in Kathmandu where they will be visiting the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, all of them declared as the UNESCO World Heritage sites. A pre-trip discussion shall be arranged in the afternoon where the participants could meet the team leader and crew members.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2,328 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs
Beginning our day early, we get started on our drive to Sotikhola enjoying the views of the Nepalese countryside and mountain backdrop. Although the drive to Dhading Bensi from Kathmandu is smooth, from there is Arughat is a rough drive. After our arrival in Arughat, we drive further to get to Sotikhola where we will spend the night.
Day 04: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola [900m/2,952 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Trekking through the beautiful Sal forest, we cross bridge and climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki river as we come closer to Khursane, upon reaching where we start on the rocky trail weaving its way up and down the two tropical waterfalls until it goes clinging to the side of a cliff. From here, it descends down passing a few rice terraces from where it goes up around Labubesi, a Gurung village. From here, we follow the trail climbing behind a rocky outcrop where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. We descend down to the sandy river bed and walk along the rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge followed by descending again to the river and crossing another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola.
Day 05: Maccha Khola to Jagat [1,410m/ 4,625 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Trekking along the trail with ups and downs, we cross the Tharo Khola and arrive at Khorlabesi from where we come across a small hot spring in Tatopani after few more ascends and descends along the trail. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge then cross the Budhi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge from where we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase before crossing a landside and ascending over a ridge to Dobhan. We move across a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and climb the stone stairs before making our descend to the river and climbing again on more stone stairs to get to Tharo Bharyang (literally meaning straight stairs). From here, we cross the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki and climb over a ridge trekking along the river and then climbing towards Jagat where we will stay overnight.
Day 06: Jagat to Deng [1,804m/5,917 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Climbing a rocky ridge to Salleri, we descend down to Sirdibas from where the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We move further upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village from where the trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. From here, the route enters a steep, uninhabited gorge from where we descend to the grassy land slopes crossing the Budhi Gandaki and then trekking along the west bank for a while. From here, we cross the river to east bank and then back again. We continue further through the trail into the valley that widens and then pass through bamboo forests to reach Deng Khola, on crossing which, we arrive at the small village of Deng.
Day 07: Deng to Namrung [2,630m/8,626 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, we climb to Rana village at 1910m from where we climb further to join a trail from Bhi then head west up the Budhi Gandaki Valley. From here, the trail passes through forests and Mani walls where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Taking the route through Prok village, we cross the Budhi Gandaki River once again following the steep trail up stream through a dense forest until we ascend to Namrung.
Day 08: Namrung to Samagaon [3,530m/11,578 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Climbing steadily and passing through forests, we reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces, from where we descend across the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal close to it. Passing through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages we arrive at Sama village where we will explore the famous Ribung Gompa and stay for the night.
Day 09: Acclimatization at Samagaon: 6 – 7 hrs
The day is spent acclimatizing at Samagaon for which we will hike to Pungyen Gompa along the Mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. The Gompa is close to Sama village and has a great view of the glacier. Pungyen means bracelet.
Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo [3,860m/12,660 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
Descending to the Budhi Gandaki River, we follow the trail leading to Larkya-La passing through several Mani walls and juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We descend down across the Budhi Gandaki through a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a headland between two forks of the river. A white Kani is visible from a stone arch which we will pass through to get to Samdo.
Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo
Yet another day set aside for rest and acclimatization, on the eleventh day, we hike towards the back of Samdo village to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. Passing through many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and getting the sights of mountain birds such as Lophophorus, the national bird of Nepal, Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us, we explore the villages in the area. Another option for the day could be a trip to the Gya-La (meaning ‘large pass’) to the north of Samdo which is more frequently used trading route to Tibet. However, this is a longer hike and could be tiring.
Day 12: Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4,460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
Continuing our walk down the edge across the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki, we begin our ascent crossing two streams and viewing the Larkya Glacier as we go around the valley of the Salka Khola. We climb up again to the stone guest house at 4,450m which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala in Nepal, also known as Larke Phedi. The rest of the day will be spent on acclimatization and exploration of the area.
Day 13: Dharamsala to Larkya-La [5,160m/16, 924 ft] to Bimthang [3,720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs
We reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers after a short climb where we are rewarded with the magnificent views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Walking across the moraines of the glacier, we make a gradual ascent along the trail that steepens only on the last section of the pass. Witnessing the outstanding views of the Himalayan peaks such as Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and the Annapurna II, we descend down to Bimthang.
Day 14: Bimthang to Tilije [2,300m/7,544 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Descending down across a high pasture named Sangure Kharka, we cross a bridge over Dudh Khola from where we start our walk through the rhododendron forest following a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2,785 meters. Passing across fields, we make a steep climb over a ridge from where the trail turns into a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at the altitude of 2,580 meters. A short distance from here will take us to the village of Gho where the night could be spent, however, since there are better lodges available at Tilije, Bharal Adventure suggests we take the short walk further to Tilije village.
Day 15: Tilije to Chame [2,710m/8,891 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Joining the classic Annapurna trail, we descend first then crossing a suspension bridge and ascending until we reach Thoche Village. From here, we follow a fairly straight trail and come across a Power House for electricity production in Bagarchhap village. We then negotiate a few steep forested ridges along several landslides on route to Chame which nevertheless is rewarded with the views of major Himalayan peaks such as Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV.
Day 16: Chame-Pisang [3,700m/12,139 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Following a steep and narrow river valley winding all the way through a deep forest, the trek to Pisang will be a wonderful experience filled with the sight of Pisang peak and Annapurna II on the way.
Day 17: Pisang to Manang [3,500m/11,482 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
Two routes go to Manang from Pisang of which we follow the one passing through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees the outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak and others. Walking near Manang makes us feel the cold and dry climate. A short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the district is organized so as to help the travelers forget the climatic condition in the serene environment of the monastery.
Day 18: Manang to Siri Kharka [4,060m/13,320 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
Through the western gates of Manang following the path down to the river, the walk continues on the southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar village, further climbing takes us towards Siri Kharka passing a monastery. The tiring uphill climb is made easier by the company of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the background.
Day 19: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp [4,140m/13,583 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Although the trail from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp is neither very steep nor physically strenuous, it nevertheless, is exhausting as the travelers have to walk on the narrow paths with areas prone to landslides. The trail goes through the middle of the landslide area whereby a impressive rock formation greets the travelers along the trail.
Day 20: Visit to Tilicho Lake [4,949m/16,138 ft] then back to Siri Kharka: 5 – 6 hrs
The initial tough, steep and switch backed ascend gradually turns into steep incline before reaching the watershed. The trail is accompanied by yaks and deer grazing around the field by the side of the trail. A spectacularly large lake, Tilicho is nestled at the foot of the north face of the Tilicho Peak. Referred to as ‘The Great Ice Lake’ by the leader of French expedition, Tilicho holds an important place for Hindus because of its mention in one of their holiest texts – The Ramayana. After enjoying the tranquil lake and capturing its image into our memories and camera, we retrace our steps as we return to Siri Kharka.
Day 21: Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka [4,040m/13,020 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
We take the route from Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka that lies on the main circuit trail avoiding the backtracking to Khangsar and Manang. Descending down from Siri Kharka towards Thare Gomba, we reach the trail junction within few minutes from where we turn left and reach Old Khagsar, a settlement that is inhabited only by occasional herders or during festivals, after a walk further. Following the rock wall north out of Khangsar, we walk further until we reach the seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola Valley which we cross to the east bank and ascend to a plateau from where walking further will take us to Yak Kharka.
Day 22: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi [4,420m/14,501 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
Taking the uphill walk and crossing a suspension bridge, we arrive at Ledar village from where we ascend towards Thorang Phedi which takes only about an hour from Ledar. This trip is accompanied by one of the best views of the Himalayan ranges such as Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorang Peak and Mt. Khatungkan.
Day 23: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath [8 – 9 hrs]: Drive to Jomsom [2,743m/8,999 ft]: 1 hr
Crossing the famous Thorang-La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft), we ascend towards Muktinath on this day. One of the exhilarating treks, the pass also serves as a transition from one major Himalayan valley to another. We take the gradual descent from the pass which slowly becomes steeper as it goes to the south side of the valley. Crossing a suspension bridge, we walk further beyond the famous Muktinath Temple to get to the village of Muktinath/Ranipauwa from where we start on our drive to Jomsom.
Day 24: Jomsom – Pokhara: 30 min
The early morning flight from Jomsom will bring us to Pokhara just after breakfast, accompanied with the views of the gorge between two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Resting for a while in a comfortable hotel room in Lakeside, we shall utilize the afternoon exploring the beautiful Pokhara valley strolling along the banks of Fewa Lake or spending some quality time into one of the clubs with live music playing. Also, boating could be done on the lake or an hour’s walk could be taken to the World Peace Pagoda.
Day 25: Pokhara – Kathmandu
After breakfast, 200 km drive to Kathmandu will be taken through the highway with scenic mountains, rivers, farmlands, hills and small villages. As we arrive in Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel for rest. Shopping for souvenir could be done or the rest of the evening could be spent leisurely resting or strolling around the area. In the evening, farewell dinner will be hosted by Bharal Adventure to congratulate you on the successful completion of your vacation.
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The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choices and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.

HEAD

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton t-shirts or thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots

HANDS

  • Gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries

 

Cost Includes

 

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Cost of staying in 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and teahouses during trek
  • Guided tour in Kathmandu
  • Temple and monument entry fee
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • All ground transportation
  • All meals during the treks no extra charge for single travelers
  • Down jacket, 4 seasonal sleeping bag (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All porter’s costs
  • All costs for a Bharal Adventure Guide/leader (First Aid and Eco trained English/French/Chinese and German Speaking which one is your necessary), a Sherpa assistant leader(s) and assistant Trek leader
  • All necessary paper works and permits
  • Travel and Rescue arrangements
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes
  • Bharal Adventure Kit Bag

 

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Drinks (hot and cold), snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

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Paris, France

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I came to know Bharal Adventure (BA) by chance with my previous trekking to Everest Base Camp Short Trek at the end of last year and This was my second time with Sujan (Founder of BA) for organising such a wonderful trip to Everest base camp short with my friends and it was truly amazing, enjoyable trip, it leaves us a profound experience with spectacular view of some highest peak in the Himalayan range and beauty of vast wildness.

Trekking in Himalayan range can be strenuous, but with our guide, Nirajan help us every step of the way in which make the trip a complete hassle free, we are very thankful for his service and would recommend to anyone coming to Nepal for Trekking.

Once again, thank you for all to make our trekking trip an unforgettable event to us And we are definitely coming back to Nepal again.

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Cahors, France